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    Rare and Outstanding Silver Flag Presentation Plaque This historic and elegant silver plaque was affixed to the staff of the state colors presented to the 45th Mass. Vol. Inf. at its camp in Readville, Mass. by a group of patriotic ladies on Nov. 1, 1862. The piece measures 3 1/8" by 2" and was on the flag carried by the regiment at such battles as Kinston and Newbern, N.C. The plate is beautifully engraved with flourishes and scrolls and lettered in various styles: "45th/Reg' Mass' Vol' Militia/ Presented/by/Women of Massachusetts." With the piece is a 7 ½" by 9 ½" handwritten response to an invitation to the flag presentation ceremonies signed by the commander of the 42nd Ma.. Vol. Inf. The regimental history gives a full description of the presentation and describes the flag as "an elegant specimen of skill. It is of blue silk fringed with orange." An original 1908 copy of the 565-page illustrated unit history accompanies the plaque and letter. Memorabilia pertaining to Civil War colors is exceedingly hard to find and this is a particularly singular artifact.

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    December, 2012
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